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Genomics of microbial communities in Thermopolis Hot Springs
Suki Smaglik, Central Wyoming College
The hot springs (52°C) in Thermopolis, WY contain abundant microbial mats, including mineral-rich filamentous bacteria. While cooler than nearby Yellowstone, Thermopolis contains a number or rare or unique ...

Stratigraphic Architecture of Table Rock, Boise, Idaho
Sam Matson, Boise State University
In the GEOS 315 – Sedimentology and Stratigraphy course at Boise State University, students conduct field research over a period of 4-5 weeks at Table Rock, a prominent sandstone plateau and popular hiking ...

GEOLOGIC MAPPING IN GOOGLE EARTH: TOOLS AND CHALLENGES
Mladen Dordevic, James Madison University
Activity 1: The Structural Geology Mapping Challenge is a web based Google Earth exercise, where students outline bedding traces and measure strike and dip orientations to determine fold geometry. Students start ...

Water Sampling Activity
Marianne Caldwell, Hillsborough Community College
Undergraduate students sample surface water in on-campus ponds using scientific techniques and analyze results.

Starting a research project for a new environmental science major.
Eileen McGowan, Springfield College
Springfield College is a small private liberal arts college located two miles from downtown Springfield Massachusetts. The college is currently in the process of starting an environmental science program of which I ...



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